growing up with ADHD

Growing up with ADHD


ADHD’ers often recount being unfairly faulted for their childhood restlessness, often perceived as a mere personality flaw.

❗it can be crucial to delve into the child’s internal world with compassion, asking, “What’s going on with you?” and redirecting their boundless energy towards sports or creative pursuits.


Children with ADHD often can sense that they deal with things differently than their peers. This can cause a sense of “not fitting in”, which becomes extremely important, especially in teenage years.

❗recognising and celebrating unique strengths while nurturing the child’s self-esteem is important


Processing information differently can induce feelings of embarrassment, especially when expectations aren’t met.

❗ It’s important not to discourage the child or label them as “not smart.” Research indicates that improving processing speed and acquiring new skills is achievable through neuroplasticity. Helping the child to develop their skills one small step at a time (or finding a specialist to help them) is key.


Particularly for high achievers or gifted children, the experience of loneliness can be perplexing — receiving praise for results and yet the internal chaos goes unnoticed.

❗ academic success isn’t the sole measure of a child’s well-being.


Peers may observe unique ADHD quirks, prompting children with ADHD to often mask them by assuming a comedic “class clown” persona.

❗while humour is valuable, it’s important to recognize that it can sometimes serve as a coping mechanism, masking underlying challenges.

overwhelm workbook

It’s important to recognize the signs of overwhelm and take proactive steps to manage stress, prioritize self-care, and seek support when needed.

You can also learn more about ADHD & overwhelm in this workbook.

adhd coaching

ADHD coaching can help! Reach out here. 💕

ADHD coaching can be instrumental in helping ADHD’ers with various challenges:

  • Goal setting
  • Accountability
  • Understanding strengths and values
  • Building structures
  • Self-awareness
  • Skill building
  • Stress management

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